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TEES Research Engineering Associate II

              Carissa Helmreich

TEES Research Engineering Associate, Fuel Cycle & Materials Laboratory Program Office 





Carissa joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in January 2010. With interests in nuclear fuels, her role within the FCML concerns the fuel cycle and radiation interactions, where she conducts nuclear materials research. At TAMU, Carissa's research involves measuring the thermal diffusivity of depleted uranium metal microspheres using an apparatus designed and built in the FCML. This research was presented as a poster at the Center for Materials Science and Nuclear Fuels (CMSNF) Summer School and was honored with the first place award. Recently, Carissa was a nuclear fuel cycle analysis intern at TerraPower where she studied the melt refining process as applied to high burnup metallic nuclear fuel. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research associate in the Glass Development Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2008 and 2009. Previously, Carissa held summer internships at the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy and the Southern California Earthquake Center. Originally from Selah, WA, Carissa moved to Texas in the fall of 2009 to begin the nuclear engineering graduate program at TAMU. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, hiking, backpacking, SCUBA diving, motorcycle riding and takes lessons in swing and Latin dancing.  


Contact Info:

  • Office: 340A Zachry Engineering Center
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  • Schweiger, Michael J., Hrma, Pavel R., Humrickhouse, Carissa J., et. al., Cluster Formation of Silica Particles in Glass Batches During Melting, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 356 (25-27): pp 1359-1367, 2010.
  • Hrma, Pavel R., Schweiger, Michael J., Humrickhouse, Carissa J.,, E_ect of Glass-Batch Makeup on the Melting Process, Ceramics - Silikáty 54 (3) pp 193-211, 2010.
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